The desire of scientists to communicate elegantly with the general audience using storytelling, and the tireless search of filmmakers for good stories to tell, demand tight collaboration between scientists and filmmakers. However, filmmaking technical skills lie outside of the training of the academic scientists. Hence, the successful collaboration between scientists and filmmakers requires that scientists acquire the basic knowledge of film storytelling and storyboarding. This will allow scientists to translate their research into elegant and convincing cinematographic stories, thus enhancing the communication between them and filmmakers, and making it easier for the filmmaker to transform these stories into films.
In this workshop biology students learn basic skills about conceptual and technical filmmaking, watch films and analyze them in regard to conceptual and technical filmmaking and discuss with professional filmmakers.